Sometimes getting students interested in studying and truly learning science can be a challenge as a science teacher. A new symposium, scheduled for September 25, 2010, however is trying to change the stigma of science by teaching teachers how to make science more fun for students, which also encourages them to learn and retain the information. The BIO Fourth Annual Arizona K-12 Science Teacher Symposium is set to take place on the campus of the University of Arizona. The symposium provides new information and a twist on old information that teachers can take home with them and interject into their science lesson plans.
Arizona teachers tend to be the biggest attendees at the symposium. The symposium is composed of various workshops along with a resource fair for science teachers to gather more information to use in their science curriculum. It is also an opportunity for science teachers to mix and mingle with each other. Interacting with fellow science teachers can also help to inspire other science teachers and ideas for new science lessons. In addition, science teachers can earn eight hours of credit toward teacher re-certification for attending the symposium.
Some of the topics available in the workshops that teachers can choose from include insect ecology, immunization, marine animals, enzymes and biofuels, health and nutrition, genetics, chemistry, pollution, strategies for teaching students, the human brain, GPS mapping, cancer and disease outbreaks.
The cost to attend the symposium for day is nominal at $40. The symposium host is offering an early bird special of $25 for those who register to attend by September 8, 2010. The attendance fee includes the workshops, fair entrance, breakfast, lunch, a CD with the workshop resources, entrance to the Flandrau Science Center to attend either a laser light show or planetarium show and an afternoon reception where door prizes will be awarded.